Having correct draft letters, forms and checklists can save you time, and help you manage information quickly and easily, in running your business.
These free samples are organised into the three sections to help with:
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The key documents include job descriptions, staff appraisals and some of the different methods, and letters in handling discipline when an employee has broken important company rules.
Further guidance - Acas publications
If, after looking at these templates, you feel you need additional help on recruitment, managing staff or handling discipline, Acas has other free guidance.
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Acas Productivity tool
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What is the question?
Read the question carefully - what are the outcomes required? What supporting evidence will be needed? What are the action words? Are you being asked to describe something, evaluate several different approaches, or compare and contrast a couple of concepts or practices, or a range? Refer to the question on the assignment brief, but also to the criteria for the unit which often give more clues on what is required in terms of detail. Lastly, review any student guidance provided either written, or from your notes from the Unit session. If you’re unsure what the question is requiring you to do, ask your personal tutor.
What do you need to do?
It’s important that you know what the expectations are for word count, and whether this is exact, or within a range (this should be stated clearly on the assignment brief). There may also be particular requirements on layout and formatting of your essay.
Specific requirements for a References list (which lists sources you have used or quoted from directly) and/or a Bibliography (which lists other material you have found useful but not drawn on specifically) will be highlighted on the assignment brief.
Getting everything together
In our guide: 'How to study effectively' [link], it’s suggested that you have a system in place to gather your notes, your references, and the materials, textbooks and various website resources to hand when you sit down to plan. You’ll also need the assignment brief and any guidance sheets provided. Make sure you have a good hour at least for this ’thinking‘ work, as it will form the basis for your research and initial writing.
Note the deadline, and work backwards, planning for an initial draft, a second draft, and then time to tidy up your final draft. Leave plenty of time if you’re working in a busy environment, as unexpected work pressures may overturn your plan.
Taking into account the question and the requirements for evidence or examples, start to consider your current knowledge, your latest learning, your knowledge of your organisation’s approach to the topic (or where you may get this from if you’re not employed or you can’t use information from your organisation), and any comparative views you heard, read or are aware of from wider research. What practices does your organisation have, and what do competitors or relevant third parties do? What is the context in which you are responding to the question – internal and external factors? Start with broad considerations, then narrow down to the precise issues and approach to be discussed.
What other sources (journals, texts, internal documents) will you need to refer to, and how might your appendix (if permitted) support your essay? It’s essential that you make a full record of anything you read when researching your topic, or you can waste valuable time looking for that perfect quote you found, but didn’t write down the page number or source document! While researching for your essay, you’re likely to do a lot of reading and note-taking - our guide on 'How to study effectively' has more on reading and note-taking skills.